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SB20 Worlds off to roller-coaster ride

The Cascais SB20 World Championships got off to a strong start with Hugo Rocha POR, the clear leader.

Rocha, sailing New Territories (RUS 3711), scored 2, 3, 1 over the days’ three races.

Rocha is a Portuguese Olympic medalist who was runner-up at the 2014 SB20 World Championships and is looking to go one better this time.

Tuesday three races held in testing but hugely enjoyable conditions with Portuguese sun and strong breezes.

The first two races of the day were held offshore on an Atlantic course, in 15-25 knot north-westerly breezes with gusts in the high 20s.

For the third race organisers from the host Clube Naval de Cascais moved the racing closer inshore.

Vasco Serpa and team (POR 3114) had a strong start to their regatta with a 1-2 finish, coming back from their first result of an 11th.

Chris Dare’s Australian team on Flirtatious also picked up two podium finishes and a 14th to finish third at the end of the day.

The first race win went to Ukranian Olympian Rodion Luka (UKR2042), but a 25th in the third race could prove a problem with just one discard over the series.

Gabriel Skoczek and France Jeune SB20 (FRA3653) and his Youth team are currently in 4th place.

First Master helm is Jerry Hill in 14th on Sportsboatworld.com (GBR3750).

Top lady helm is Mathilde Geron with Team Xavier Bourhis Generali (FRA3423) in 19th place.

Racing continues until Saturday, 3 September, with 14 races scheduled in total for the 75 competing teams.

SB20 World Championships - Leading positions after 3 races (76 entries)
1st RUS3711 Hugo Rocha 2 3 1 6 pts
2nd POR3114 Vasco Serpa 11 1 2 14 pts
3rd AUS3735 Chris Dare 14 2 3 19 pts
4th FRA3653 Gabriel Skoczek 3 6 10 19 pts
5th AUS3731 Michael Cooper 4 13 5 22 pts
6th RUS3709 Vladimir Prosikhin 6 7 12 25 pts
7th UKR3042 Rodion Luka 1 4 25 30 pts
8th POR3620 José Caldeira 19 12 4 35 pts
9th GBR3724 John Pollard 7 23 6 36 pts
10th GBR3728 Richard Powell 10 18 14 42 pts

Full results here

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